A healthy work environment is important to Virginia Tech, and as a service to employees, the university makes it as easy as possible for employees to get flu vaccinations every year by holding flu vaccination clinics across campus, and at other Virginia Tech locations in Northern Virginia.
Employees just need to register for a time at a clinic of their choice and must bring their insurance card with them to the clinic. Registration is now available. See the schedule for clinics across campus.
In addition to flu vaccinations, employees may also receive vaccinations for shingles, pneumonia and tetanus. These vaccines will be given on a first-come, first serves basis.
Students are welcome to attend any of the clinics provided; however, there is no guarantee that the pharmacy providing the vaccines will be able to accept the student's insurance. The fee for students is $25. Schiffert Clinic will be offering a flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at McComas Hall.
Individuals who have not received a flu vaccination are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus to develop in the body, it is best to be vaccinated before influenza begins spreading in the community.
Vaccinations are also available at most pharmacies across the state. Employees who choose to get a flu vaccination at a participating pharmacy are encouraged to call ahead to be sure that the pharmacy is participating in the Commonwealth of Virginia's flu vaccination program and that flu vaccinations are available. An appointment may be required. Flu vaccination claims must be processed by the pharmacy.
How to Protect Yourself
Get Vaccinated. Talk to your health care provider about annual vaccinations and immunizations. Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. Everyone six months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu each year.
Take these everyday steps to protect your health and your loved ones:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. You can also use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®).
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
If you do contract the flu, talk to your doctor about antivirals. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that are used for the treatment of flu viruses; antiviral drugs can make the symptoms of the illness milder.